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Permanently Closed - Walnut Brewery

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210 reviews
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$30 and under
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Brewery
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  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Boulder’s Original Brewpub offers seasonal and traditional options for lunch and dinner alongside award-winning beer brewed on-site. Located a block off Boulder’s historic Pearl Street mall, the Walnut Brewery offers locals and visitors a casual alternative for dining.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Brewery, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm / Friday - Saturday: 11am - Midnight /
Happy Hour - Monday - Friday: 3pm - 6pm & 10pm - Close
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Phone number
(303) 447-1345
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Hulme
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Public parking garage directly across the street from the restaurant. We validate up to one hour. Parking in the garage is free on Saturdays and Sundays. Meter street parking is also available. Free street parking after 7pm and also on Sunday all day.
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Public transit
Boulder bus terminal is located two blocks east of the Walnut Brewery.
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Special events & promotions
Please reach out to Scott Elias for any inquiries to large group events.
303-447-1345
selias@cwrestaurants.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
4.1
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4.0Dined on May 29, 2017

So we arrived right as it started raining with a group of 6 adults and 3 children. Didn't have to wait long. Great atmosphere! The only downside was that the food took a very long time to come once ordered. Over 30 mins. But the waiter was great and gave us a discount for the wait. Also, considering the rain brought in several parties all at the same time, I was more understanding of the wait. The food was outstanding! I'd go back the next time I'm in Boulder!

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Disappointed with the change to the Chicken and waffles plate. But still good service.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Food was very good. Service was excellent. Fun and friendly environment.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Food was good. Service was terrible. The whole table didn't have a drink refill the entire time we were there. The waitress wouldn't even acknowledge we were talking to her.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Very nice, large restaurant that is known for it's beer. And the beer is indeed very good, and should be explored. Service was very fast and efficient. The food was okay, but unexceptional. But this is a college town, and I would enjoy the great beer and have some bar snacks here anytime.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2017

Family weekend lunch. Service was outstanding; server very pleasant and helpful; without being overbearing. Started with the pub pretzels and dip; very good. Two of us ordered cod fish and chips - good enough for pub food; two others ordered the salmon fish and chips and stated also good. Other had chicken fried chicken which she really liked. Will return.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Really good hamburgers!! Excellent pizza too. We enjoy coming down to The Walnut Brewery and think it's The Best in town!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Always good pub food. Great beers.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2017

Let me start by saying, the service here is fabulous. Our waiter was just attentive enough without being overly so, and he kept our beverages coming without our having to ask even once.

The food, however, is another matter. My compatriots ordered the fish & chips and the salmon fish & chips. According to my family, the regular fish & chips was very soggy, which is indicative of the fish being fried at too low a temperature. It was cooked through, but soggy. The salmon fish & chips were severely overdone - it was very obvious visually, and they were dry.

Personally, I have a celiac disease, and the waiter was extremely knowledgeable about which items I could or could not have, and many of the items can be modified to be gluten free. I ended up ordering the citrus kale salad, which wasn't the best choice. The dressing was nice, as were the toppings (e.g., cranberries, etc.), but the chicken was a tad dry. In addition, the kale still had the stems in it - I didn't expect this and halfway broke a tooth (I exaggerate, but you get the point). The kale stems were very hard, and the kale itself was quite dirty, such that you could feel the grains as you were chewing. The salad overall tasted good, but I don't think I would order it again.

Now to dessert. They were very accommodating in treating the birthday boys to dessert. I cannot have the desserts personally due to my celiac disease, but the birthday boys elected to try the donut holes and the carrot cake. Reportedly, the donuts were a little over-fried, but still decent. They serve them with caramel sauce. The carrot cake, which is apparently made with their red ale (unusual, right?), was apparently exquisite. They make it in-house every day, and the birthday boys thought it was just fabulous. It's also HUGE, more than enough for two to share.

Overall, I could see visiting this place again for dessert for someone else, and possibly to see what other items could be made gluten free. We shall see. ;)

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Good food, nice atmosphere. Slow service. Make sure you have plenty of time to spend here for dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

The waitstaff was pretty slow with a few easy requests but friendly. My husband loved his chicken & waffles & others in group liked fish & chips but my margarita pizza arrived cold, was not reheated but remade which took so long I could only have one bite before we had to go (concert) then too long to wait for a box so I left without it (which was ok since it strangely had tons of pesto on it making it not a marg pizza at all). if we come again, I'll order chicken.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2017

Newly discovered this place. Pretty yummy with a varied menu and good atmosphere

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2017

Awesome place for food and a brew. Great beers and helpful staff.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2017

2nd time there. Group dining >10 and the service was outstanding. Great bar food along with specialty items. Ambience was exactly what we were looking for for the get together.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2017

We went to the brewery for a celebration of our cousin's 90th birthday and they did it right.
The waiter and other staff were excellent, food was very good and we were treated special. Have already shared our dinning experience with friends and will definitely return the next time we are in town. All the entree portions were large and well presented. The birthday carrot cake was outstanding, we all agreed it was the best we ever tasted.

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2.0Dined on January 6, 2017

Some of the food was amazing (Bison Fajitas) some was fine but uninspired.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

The food and service was excellent. Our server was courteous, professional and very helpful especially in describing menu options for a person with a garlic allergy. We celebrated New Year's Eve at Walnut Brewery and looking for forward to return for lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Great restaurant! Perfect atmosphere to watch a game and good for families. The service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Was very satisfied! Enjoyed a couple of beers and a veggie burger, and everyone in the party enjoyed their meals, too. Prompt service.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Comfortable hardy food--informal family surroundings

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

I had lunch with some friends. It is an open area, the food was good and prices reasonable. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. In all, we all had an enjoyable lunch there. There is an added bonus of a parking lot right across the street.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Loved the fish tacos... brilliant putting a soft shell around a hard shell. Waitress made great beer recommendations for us. The very high ceiling made for good sound quality... I don't expect a brew-pub to be quiet... but one of the reasons we'll go back is because it's not so noisy you can't easily hear what your friends are saying.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2016

We had s great experience and food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

They have regular Fish-n-Chips, but also a salmon version. Hoping they'll bring back the bison meatloaf. Still my favorite.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2016

Typical bar food but a good value.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2016

Good food; great service; and a very enjoyable environment. A perfect place to celebrate my oldest son's 21st birthday.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2016

We enjoyed our meal here and loved the environment. We would definitely recommend this restraint.

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2016

With so many great food choices in Boulder, Walnut Brewery does not stand up to the competition.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

We met some family friends who we hadn't seen for several years for lunch. It was the perfect spot.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2016

Great place for a cold beer and a delicious salad which is what we did and enjoyed everything!
We were immediately greeted by the hostess who sat us promptly in a booth. Our server was attentive, helpful and knowledgeable. The beers were ice cold and that was welcome it being very hot outside. The Cobb salad was delicious with fresh and tasty ingredients. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2016

The salmon fish and chips are always a winner. They have great brews, but seem to always run out of specials.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Good solid food. Great beer

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2016

Food & beer were good. Was looking for a restaurant that was appropriate for an adult with three kids under 10 y/o, this restaurant fit the bill perfectly. Had kids menu, & crayons for kids.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2016

The customer service okay but not up to par considering the number of tables that were occupied.
Food was quite tasty and quantity was very sufficient.
The nacho appetizer was great for 4 people.
We booked as a special occasion, birthday but there was no acknowledgement.
Upselling was not utilized.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2016

With our daughter at CU we visit the Boulder area at least twice a year, making sure to have dinner one night at the Walnut Brewery. The beers are stellar, the nacho appetizer is amazing and the burgers are satisfying. My son wishes to someday try the burgers, but can't pass up ordering the deeply comforting mac and cheese.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2016

The otherwise excellent fries were way over-salted. All members of the group agreed. I communicated this to the server when we paid the check. I may be a senior, but I still have the folk memory ability to add salt to my fries as needed using the salt cellar provided at the table. The kitchen does not have to do this for me.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2016

Decent choice of beer, food was "ok". Service was good. No kids menu if that's important to you.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2016

Excellent chicken and waffles on a cold rainy night!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2016

We had a group of 9, and with reservations ahead, we were seated right away. Food was excellent and the service was great, too.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

The chicken and waffles were great. My culinary consultant, Bella, was/ is great.

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